The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

One Hundred Terrible Hours 

"One Hundred Terrible Hours" is an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show starring Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, and Morey Amsterdam. During an interview, Rob recalls his barely-remembered first meeting with Alan Brady at the tail end of a stay-awake marathon for his disc-jockey job.

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Episode cast overview:
... Rob Petrie
... Sally Rogers (credit only)
... Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
... Laura Petrie
... William Van Buren
... Mel Cooley
... Alan Brady
... Mr. Waring
Howard Wendell ... Mr. Chambers
Harry Stanton ... Dr. Gage
... Photographer
Frank Adamo ... Dr. Adamo


Rob and Laura are being interviewed for a magazine article primarily about Rob's professional life. The reporter, Mr. Waring, becomes more fascinated when Rob describes his job interview with Alan as "there but not really there." The story: At the time, Rob was working as a disc jockey for WOFF radio in Danville, the number two station in a two-station market. To move them to number one, station manager William Van Buren wanted Rob to do what many stations in the US were trying to do - break the new 99 hour 50 minute broadcast endurance record set by a Houston DJ. Just as the new record was done, they broadcast from a department store window for the whole world to see Rob in action. Near the end of his record attempt, a disoriented Rob learned that Alan wanted to see him for an interview that evening. Nine hours later, Rob, who needed Laura's help in getting to the interview in Chicago, was even more disoriented as he met with Alan and Mel. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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5 May 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Dabbs Greer plays reporter Mr. Waring, who is interviewing Rob and Laura Petrie about, amongst other things, how they got married in an Army camp hospital. And in that episode (Season 2, Ep. 3; The Attempted Marrage) they were married by Chaplain Berger, played by Dabbs Greer. See more »


Laura Petrie: [about Alan Brady] He turned out to be a very nice man.
William Van Buren: Aw.
Rob Petrie: [to interviewer] You be sure you print that part.
Laura Petrie: Well, he paid for a room for us, and then the next day, instead of just a short interview, he spent the whole day with Rob and got a chance to find out just how brilliant he really is.
Rob Petrie: No, Alan's a slave driver. He realized any guy who could stay up for a hundred hours is valuable to have around.
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